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Lime Shortage Souring Bar & Baking Biz

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(WLNS) - You can blame a combination of Mother Nature and a Mexican drug cartel for a massive lime shortage in the U.S.
There was already a sparse crop due to a tree disease and heavy rains in Mexico.
Then a cartel that calls itself the Knight's Templar started stealing limes from farmers or imposing high taxes on the crops.
Mexico has traditionally supplied 95% of the limes sold in the U.S.
Prices are surging as a result of the double-whammy - 29 cents per lime a year ago to $1 per lime today.
Bakers, bars and restaurants have been forced to revise menus or drastically increase prices to accomodate the lime crisis.
One California restaurant offered 25 cent margaritas to customers who brought in a bag of limes.

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